Lahore: Creating “bridges” between religions and stating the unity of people against those who spread hate, extremist ideas and kill in the name of religion: with these goals the interreligious movement for tolerance (Rwadari Tehreek) organized its yearly meeting two days ago. Activists of various faiths marked the occasion by sharing the meal that interferes fasting the iftar, the evening meal held at sunset during Ramadan, the holy month for Islam.
The meeting was appeared by lay leaders of all religions: Christians (Catholics and Protestants), Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Baha’is. This is an event that is renowned every year at this time to strengthen the bonds of friendship between religious communities, in the capacity to respect each other.
Samson Salamat, president of the movement, said: “Every year during Ramadan Rwadari Tehreek arranges similar gatherings and events to enhance in different parts of the country which is a display of unity against all those who are increasing hatred and extremism and killing people though different forms of terrorism, using religion or sect as a tool. Today, we once again initiate to continue our struggle for a peaceful Pakistan, free from all kinds of favoritisms and discrimination, extremism and terrorism and demand from the government to take appropriate action as per National Action Plan against all those who are specifically threat to peace and humanity.
Allama Asim Makhdoom the Islamic leader thanked the group for “establishing this beautiful iftar dinner with the aim of bringing all religions together for encouraging peace, harmony and coexistence.” “I would like to point out, he added, that Pakistan was not made for Muslims, Christians or Hindus. It was created for the human being and when we talk about humanity it means that we are all equivalent and with the same dignity.” The religious determined: “This meeting is a clear message to all those who want to separate us. There is no such dominant force that can divide us; because we believe in love and harmony. May Allah bless us all and give us more courage to fight against terrorism and extremism in our country.”